He was dizzy, seeing stars for the final eight of those 13 innings, many of which had me on the ropes myself. And he ended it like that.
It’s easy when thinking about what Josh Hamilton is and what he does and what faces him and this team leading up to the winter to take our eyes off the ball and get overly emotional . . . .
. . . says the guy who preaches not-too-high and not-too-low and marathons and sprints and yet was sitting there tweeting a litany of frustrations during the bonus innings of a baseball game that felt like it should have been won half a dozen times.
There’s that whole thing about forgiving but not forgetting, but we can flip that around on this one. We’ll remember how Texas 8, Toronto 7 ended, while this part will probably be largely forgotten:
Casey Janssen pitching
- Ian Kinsler hit by pitch
- Andrus sacrifices to catcher, Kinsler to second
Darren Oliver pitching
- Kinsler singles to left
- Andrus sacrifices to first, Kinsler to second
During the ugly top of the 13th, I tweeted this:
I think I want Kinsler to get out to start the bottom of the 13th. I think.
Ryota Igarashi pitching
- Kinsler walks
- Andrus doubles to deep center, Kinsler scores
And then? The process of forgetting the fact that the bat was consciously taken out of Andrus’s hands twice had begun, but still, the Rangers had led off the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th innings by getting on base, and they hadn’t gotten anyone home in that stretch.
Jason Frasor pitching
- Hamilton swings through a 92-mph fastball on 1-1, a feeble pass by a light-headed hitter in temperatures that exceeded the mediocre Frasor velocity that Hamilton would typically punish
- Hamilton hits the ball one million miles
- Hamilton stumbles through the home plate mob toward the dugout and stumbles through the radio and TV interviews he had to do
Peter Gammons wrote several days ago: “We know, barring plague or pestilence, that the Texas Rangers are going to play in the postseason.”
Gammons wrote this morning: “A.J. Ellis, Saltalamacchia, J.Hamilton walkoffs. The long, hard roads to moments.”
Days like yesterday remind us what this team is capable of, sometimes even in spite of itself. Yu Darvish gets the chance today to jump back on the rails and help this team win a series.
The Rangers aren’t perfect, but they are great.
And on some days we get insanely dizzying examples of both.